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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Sep 5, 2010 7:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Trivia question re: Fire on the Mountain

From Hunter's Archive, here are the missing 2 verses:

Babys in scarlet, her shackles in grey
If loves to love she's got it salted away
Out of the rat trap and under the wire
Out of the frying pan and into the fire
Put it down heavy, strip it down lean
Got to lay it down dirty and play it back clean

Fireman, fireman, call off your dog
this isn't a blaze, it's just a hog in the log
Cut up in sections, squirming alive
lost to the world on that fifty cent jive
There's a fire on the mountain, running around
what doesn't go up can never come down

I remember reading some comments from band members stating that although they never sang these verses, one of these couplets became a motto for them. If I remember correctly, it was this one:

Put it down heavy, strip it down lean
Got to lay it down dirty and play it back clean

Sounds about right to me! Also, I really like the annotations for this one on Dodd's page http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/fire.html